Chicago Botanic Garden
1000 Lake Cook Rd.
Glencoe, IL 60022
Parking is $7.75 per car. On Tuesdays, senior citi Explore a world-renowned garden right in Chicago’s back yard. This 385-acre living museum features 24 specialty gardens set on a series of islands and lakes. The garden is always in bloom, featuring year-round exhibits, festivals, tours and special events. Open daily (except Dec. 25) from 8:00 am until sunset. Admission is free, select event fees apply. Parking is $7.75 per car. On Tuesdays, senior citizens pay just $5.75 for parking, tax included.
Garfield Park Conservatory
300 N. Central Park Ave.
The conservatory was designed in 1906 by Jens Jensen, “the dean of Prairie landscape.” This 2-acre enclosed garden is the largest public horticultural collection under glass in the world. You have to see it to believe it!
Lincoln Park Conservatory
2400 N. Stockton Dr.
Located next to the Lincoln Park Zoo in Chicago’s largest park, this horticultural collection, including a 50 foot tall fiddle leaf rubber tree dating from 1891, expands into four greenhouses and is well worth the visit. Great year-round, but an especially wonderful hot n’ humid spot to visit during one of Chicago’s blizzards.
Sculpture Chicago Pritzker Park
State & Van Buren St.
Chicago, IL 60605
A block-long park in the Loop (created by artist Roanld Jones in cooperation with the City of Chicago) featuring a grove of trees and a granite wall modeled after Rene Magritte’s “The Banquet.” This is another gem in the crown that is Chicago. Give it a look!